CINCINATI, OH – TP Mechanical, a regional leader in mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection contracting, service and fabrication, recently announced it has entered into a mentoring relationship with SURE Mechanical, of Cincinnati.
“We believe partnerships are critical to growth in our industry,” said Scott Teepe Sr., CEO of TP Mechanical. “We have a philosophy of servant leadership and are committed to passing on our knowledge to the next generation of mechanical contractors. At the same time, we know our business is about relationships. We expect this relationship will be mutually beneficial.”
Chukwuma “Chuma” Ekwueme, Managing Partner and founder of SURE Mechanical, said he appreciates the opportunity to grow as an entrepreneur through the relationship with the leadership at TP Mechanical.
“For a small company like ours, this relationship with TP Mechanical means we can bid and participate in almost any project with restrictions,” Ekwueme said. “I can humbly say that as we continue to prove our capabilities as both the lead mechanical contractor and as a partner, the association with TP Mechanical provides us additional resources and opportunities to be one of the top firms in town.”
Ekwueme noted that The Christ Hospital Facilities Group and Beischel Construction, helped them get started as a company by awarding their first project. “While we were mobilizing onsite, they awarded us two more projects within the span of a week. We have also built a great working relationship with other health care facilities such as: University Hospital, TriHealth – (Mercy Hospital and Bethesda Hospitals) and Shriners Hospital.
SURE Mechanical has completed the renovation of the B Pavilion Ground Floor Observation unit Phase II project at UC Medical Center, the Bethesda North 7th Floor Renovation, multiple renovation projects at Mercy Fairfield, Bethesda North Hospital Montgomery, Christ Hospital and Shriners Hospital. SURE Mechanical also worked alongside TP Mechanical on the recently completed Mercy Hospital Fairfield 5th floor renovation project and The Christ Hospital Chiller Plant Expansion Project.
SURE Mechanical has also contracted and completed projects outside the healthcare construction market. SURE Mechanical has successfully completed the renovation of an intermediate school (RELIS) into the new administration office for Princeton City Schools. We have also completed a renovation project at Fairfield North Elementary School. Currently, we are completing a design/assist project at Mount St. Joseph’s College - Seton Hall West Wing Renovation.
Before founding SURE Mechanical in October 2010, Ekwueme worked for Megen Construction Company, in Cincinnati, where he managed a variety of projects. He served as the project manager on Ohio’s first LEED Platinum project, the Fernald Preserve Visitors Center.
Ekwueme earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in his native country of Nigeria and then a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Society of Black Engineers and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The relationship with TP Mechanical gives Ekwueme access to additional resources and expertise, including a leadership mentor. He works closely with Mayur Kadakia, TP Mechanical’s vice president for Cincinnati Operations.
“It’s helpful to know we have support and resources that can be a sounding board. We can discuss a project bid or think through a variety of approaches to a challenge,” Ekwueme said. “TP Mechanical is larger than our company, but they take a personal approach to the people they work with. They offer a lot of value to their customers and their partners.”
Kadakia said the relationship will benefit both companies, with each leveraging their relationships in the industry to secure projects and to complete projects with high-quality mechanical contracting. Both companies offer significant prefabrication expertise and capabilities to deliver projects quickly and efficiently.
“Both of our companies have a reputation for producing great work, and that’s one of the reasons we decided to work together,” Kadakia said. “We’ve been in business for 60 years and are able to share that business management/technical experience. At the same time, Chuma offers extensive experience with LEED projects and lean construction.”